What Should I Read?

If you love to read, and read a lot, it can be hard to find well-written books that meet the standards of a bibliophile. Even harder when the bibliophile is looking for something specific.

We all have specific tastes; we know what we like, and what we don’t like. With the advent of online book selling, I can’t tell you how many times I have ordered a book based on the description, only to find upon arrival that it wasn’t quite what I was looking to read.

Below, we have compiled a list of websites that can help you find exactly what you are looking to read!

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GNOD

Gnod is a self-adapting system that learns about the outer world by asking its visitors what they like and what they don’t like. Gnooks offers suggestion webs in Arts, Books, Products, Movies, and Music. Gnod, for instance, is all about literature. Gnod is kind of a search engine for literature you don’t know about. It will ask you which authors you like and then think about which other authors you might like too. When first founded online, Gnod’s database was completely empty. Now it contains thousands of authors, and knowledge about who likes whom. And Gnod learns more every day.

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WHICHBOOK

Whichbook enables millions of combinations of factors and then suggests books which most closely match your needs. Click to open up to 4 sliders and move the  to set your choices.

WHAT SHOULD I READ NEXT

What Should I Read Next?  Enter a book you like and the site will analyze our huge database of real readers’ favorite books to provide book recommendations and suggestions for what to read next.

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THE BOOK SEER

The Book Seer On the surface, bookseer is a quick way to find books based on similar titles and authors. However, bookseer goes deeper than that. Bookseer was created by publicists, for publicists. They track and record what is typed into the database, and use the information to find out what readers are looking for.

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Peter Collingridge and Stephen Betts set up Bookseer in 2012 to help publishers and authors understand the best way to spend their time and money. “Bookseer can show you the immediate impact of a piece of media coverage, whether it is radio, web, broadsheet or television. This allows you to look at your past campaigns to see what worked and what didn’t – and also to plan campaigns for your forthcoming titles based around the media that will be most effective.”

According to their beta site, Bookseer can monitor social media sites and track and save any term you put into it, whether it’s the book title, author name, promotional hashtag, or something else altogether. You can see the good and/or bad in this; on one hand, readers who search through this site can have an impact on the publishing industry. On the other hand, it illuminates the ways that the internet tracks us and advertises to us.

GOODREADS & LIBRARYTHING

Finally, some of the more popular sites like Goodreads or LibraryThing create a network of readers’ digital libraries, making it easy to find bookshelves similar to your own. If you like to make connections or participate in reading circles and contests, these sites are perfect for you.

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